Rural Media has announced plans to change the format of FamilyNet to a Western-themed network. The Cowboy Channel will launch July 1 and will feature a library of existing programming, including "Gentle Giants" and "American Rancher," as well as horse and cattle auctions.
Netflix has added content that will allow children to pick their own adventures with branching narratives. "Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale" was launched this week, while another tale will be available in July and a third program is planned for next year.
Verizon's Marni Walden talked about the telecom's focus on media following its completed acquisition of Yahoo. "Beyond the network, we have aspirations for what we want to do: build applications and services that ride on the network," said Walden.
AT&T announced that it plans to roll out fixed and wireless 5G service commercially by late 2018, with the Phase 2 mobility standard being launched in late 2019. The move will put the launch a year earlier than previously expected, and the company plans to begin testing the 5G service in Austin, Texas, in the next few weeks.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of an event code that would create a streamlined, consistent way for the media to issue Blue Alerts when a police officer has been threatened or harmed. The proposal will now be up for public comment for three months.
Tesla is in discussions with major record labels as it seeks to license a streaming music service that would be made available in its vehicles, industry sources say. The company wants to create a proprietary service that provides customers with the freedom to choose what they listen to and what source they use to listen to it, a representative said.
Tony Bennett is to close out Newsradio 880AM's 50th anniversary celebration in August. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go to Bennett's Exploring the Arts Foundation.
Season four of TV Land original program "Younger" is to debut next week, and the network will also launch a Facebook Live after-show program following the premiere. "Getting Younger" will continue throughout the season and will feature guest interviews and discussions with the public in front of a live audience.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking input on state and local regulations that might restrict broadband deployment in multiple tenant environments such as businesses and residences. The commission is also looking into how regulations could affect competition among carriers.
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